It turns out getting your plates dry might actually be more difficult for your machine than cleaning them. Dishes and glassware have lots of crevices that may trap water preventing it from evaporating, thus as your appliance cools water droplets form from the humid air.
Dishwashers also utilize a number of approaches to get your crockery and cutlery dry. Certain models will employ a heating element to warm the inside of the dishwasher and help with evaporation, some heat up the water further approaching the end of the cycle, others have a fan, and certain models use a mix of all three. There are consequently a variety of explanations why your machine could not be drying plates optimally and a number of options to improve the situation.
Plastic is more difficult to dry than glass or ceramics as it cools down more quickly hindering the drying process, so it’s worth seeing whether the items that aren’t drying are predominantly plastic items.
If dishes are coming out wet you can enlist the help of a dishwasher repair service or first make use of this troubleshooting guide to help you identify and rectify the issue.
There is nothing more annoying than an appliance that doesn’t work as it should, whether that’s a smartphone that really isn’t being that smart, a washing machine that’s churning out dirty clothes, or a dishwasher that is either not cleaning or drying your plates. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates there are a number of places you can look to help you figure out the issue.
Not all appliances are created equal and you will find that some appliances do a better job of drying your dishes than others. However, if if your dishwasher has always dried your crockery and cutlery in the past one of these faults might be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the appliance. Before assuming the dishwasher is not working you should first check that you haven’t overloaded it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. It’s also worth noting that plastic items don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your crockery and cutlery thus, if you have run out of rinse aid or your rinse aid dispenser is broken this can result in wet dishes at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is inspect the dispenser for cracks and check that it’s full.
Without enough heat your crockery and cutlery will not dry so a not working heating element might be the reason your machine is not working as it should. If your plates don’t feel hot at the end of the cycle this can be a good indicator that the heating element is faulty.
To inspect the heating coil you will need to disconnect the machine, locate the heating element, you may need the instruction manual for this, and use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat ensures your appliance doesn’t overheat, adjusting the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s faulty this can result in your appliance not heating up at all.
If the heating coil seems to be in working order but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be the problem. Again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will make use of a drying fan and vent to suck moist air out of the machine. If either of these elements are broken then the steam will condense on the dishes instead preventing them from drying.
You can employ your manual to check if your dishwasher has a fan and find its location. Don’t forget to ensure the dishwasher is disconnected before trying to access the fan.
First look at the fan and vent to check if there is anything lodged that would stop it from operating as it should. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of methods you can use to increase your machines effectiveness at drying and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as infrequently as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it might be necessary to phone an engineer or even buy a new machine.
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